Christmas Caroler Mercenary

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Written by Sean Michael Robinson

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I was approaching something blank again
with no safety net, no medicine,
misused and slightly bitter
five years had passed since I had faltered
a little dab, the landscape altered
I look around and I couldn't see myself

till I became a
Christmas caroler mercenary
singing for all of those who could afford me
like some maître d' of cheer
and the more I smiled, the more I sang,
the more the rest it started to seem okay
until I thought I might survive another winter,
a winter in the rain

as an atheist it's hard to believe
that I owe my present happiness
to singing 'bout the baby Jesus
but content-free I sang those words
inside of me then something stirred
an ungodly lust for all the living left

that year I was a
Christmas caroler mercenary
singing for all of those who could afford me
a wind-up ornament of cheer
but the more I smiled, the more I sang,
the more the rest it started to seem okay
until I thought I might survive another winter
a winter in the rain

I don't think it's a coincidence
that I met her doing what I love best
when all the rest it seemed was at an end
for every door that closed, ten others opened
I found delight in blindly groping
no need now to keep it to myself

now we're two
sunshine-loving mercenaries
singing for your smiles, your generosity,
not a seasonal delight
who want you to know that chasing what you want
can sweeten up a bitter heart
can free you from yourself, can save your life
can free you from yourself
can save your life

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from Comfort, released September 7, 2016
Sean Michael Robinson — vocals, guitar, bass
Rachel Erin Robinson — vocals, piano, fiddle
Matt Marlin — drums
Mara Sedlins — viola

Recorded, produced and mixed by Sean

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The Summer Januaries San Diego, California

Rachel Erin Sage - vocals, fiddle, guitar, piano
Sean Michael Robinson - vocals, guitar, piano

The Summer Januaries formed as a busking duo in Seattle, injecting fiddle tunes into harmony laden arrangements of their favorite songs. These inventive arrangements soon became the defining element of their sound. They have continued writing original music, performing throughout the world.
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